The disease anthracnose, also known as dieback
and canker, is caused by the fungus Glomerella cingulata.
It will severely damage and often kill camellias.
Although widely recognized as a damaging disease in
landscape plantings of all camellia taxa, dieback and
canker has become increasingly common in container
grown sasanqua camellia. Cultivars of sasanqua camellia
and C. reticulata are more susceptible to this disease
than are those of the common camellia.